Mini-Sermon From Dr. Tom Walker
It is very enlightening to consider the robes of the Bible.The "robe" in Bible times was a long garment that was looser than the inner garment. It was generally not worn by ordinary people. It was worn by kings (1 Sam. 2:24), by prophets (1 Sam. 28: 14), by nobles (Job 1:20), and by youths (1 Sam.2:19). That outer garment was the dress of royalty and stately rank. It was the garment of those who had high social distinction and of those high in church authority. Letís consider some Bible robes.
I. The Long Robe Of Pretension. Look at Luke 20:46. The Lord Jesus warned of the Scribes with their long robes. The Scribes were pretenders. They claimed to know God but rejected His darling Son Christ. They copied the law and taught it but were blind to who Jesus was. They added to the law regulations not found therein; they explained the law itself; they taught the law to others. Scribes were judges, since they claimed only the Scribes fully understood the meaning of the laws of the Old Testament. They pretended they were right with God, but it was really a sham (Matt.23:25). Donít just "pretend" to be right with GodĖmake sure it is so.
II. The Rent Robe Of Sorrow. Read Job 1:20. There Job rends his "mantle" or his "robe." This was in response to the fierceness of Satanís assaults. The Devil took his family, his health, and his wealth.
Job did not lose his faith in God, but he deeply loved his family. When some of them were killed it cost Job much sorrow. You must not let your rent robes of sorrow separate you from sweet fellowship with the God of heaven and earth.
III. The Scarlet Robe of Mockery. Notice Matt. 27:28. They stripped Jesus and put upon Him a scarlet robe. The scarlet mantle on Jesus was but a mock imitation of the purple royal robe a king wore. How sad that some people will mock the Lord Jesus instead of trust Him!
IV. The Best Robe Of Righteousness. Look at Luke 15:22. When the prodigal son came home to his father, he was to wear the "best" robe. The robe restored him to a place of honor and dignity. It symbolizes our being clothed with Christís righteousness (2Cor.5:1).
V. The White Robe Of The Redeemed. Read Rev. 7:9.